With a Friend Like This Who Needs Enemies?
Canada is morally bound to uphold its own rule of law, to uphold international law and to support those countries which do the same. In the Middle East, only Israel is a democracy, upholds the law, and even extends human rights upon its enemies, of which there are many, some intent on its destruction.
Canada cannot claim a higher moral authority than Israel and must not be influenced by those antiZionists who hide their antisemitism under the guise of simply criticizing Israeli policy. Nor should Canada turn from its Ally now, feeding into deceptive and patently false information about Israel’s rights. The lands of Judea and Samaria, the Golan Heights, Gaza and the Jordan Valley were all granted to the Jewish people to re-constitute the Jewish homeland in 1920 by the World powers at San Remo, then affirmed by all founding members of the League of Nations in 1922, and this resolution was incorporated in Article 80 of the foundational document of the United Nations in 1945. Such decision has never nor can ever be abrogated.
More importantly, Israel liberated these areas from aggressor nations in 1967 and had the right to annex at that time; but did not. It negotiated peaceful settlements and returned land, the Sinai went to Egypt. It united Jerusalem, the eternal capital of the Jewish people, and gave control of the Temple Mount to Jordan, and it provided for a Palestinian Authority to be created. The hope then was to negotiate peace in a potential land deal involving Judea and Samaria which the Arabs referred to as the West Bank.
Israel has multiple times attempted to negotiate a peace with Palestinian Arabs but that “ partner “ is not interested in peace and is intent on destroying Israel, and makes that claim rather boldly and frequently, even if not in front of English media. The Palestinian Authority promotes terrorism, educates their children to deny Israel’s very existence, deny the Holocaust, and commit suicide. Surely it is time for the UN, the EU and the West to acknowledge these simple facts and stop coddling the PA and all the Pro-Palestinian-anti-justice organizations?
Now, a real peace plan has been proposed, providing security that could last well into the future and obviate the need for only Israel to compromise. Responsibility for peace rests with the Arabs. We urge that Canada refrain from interfering in the affairs of Israel, demonstrate Canada truly has a consistent moral code and does not deal with terrorists, does not countenance threats to its Allies, and supports democracy. Hold the PA accountable! Canada should also demonstrate consistency in applying the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance definition of antisemitism, to which the government is a signatory. Included in the definition it states antisemitism includes demonizing Israel, and applying a double standard by which no other country is judged. Why then make demands only of Israel, why ignore the PA’s treatment of its population, its refusal to have Jews live in any territory it governs, its abuse of children by asking them to die for their cause, and why not demand the PA actually negotiate for peace?
A letter stating CAEF’s position that Canada not pressure Israel, was signed by over 150 Canadians and sent on June 25th, 2020 to Prime Minister Trudeau and all Members of Cabinet. The letter was sent to all Members of Parliament on June 29 with over 275 signatures as people from across Canada wrote to ask that their name be included. The letter is posted here along with the names of all signatories.
CAEF extends a warm thank you to all who signed and apologizes if any names were missed or reported incorrectly.
News Report on CAEF Position Vis a Vis Canada’s Pressuring Israel
CAEF publicized its letter to the Federal Government and was interviewed by World News Israel on June 30th. The President, Anita Bromberg and Executive Director, Andria Spindel, responded to an interview which was published on July 2, 2020. The full interview is here.
Martin Sherman Looks at Why Western Countries Oppose the Extension of Sovereignty Over the Jewish Population of Judea and Samaria and the Jordan Valley and Why They are Wrong
In a highly important and timely CAEF Web Talk, Dr. Martin Sherman, Founder and CEO of the Israel Institute for Strategic Studies, provided both the political considerations that cannot be overlooked in considering Israel’s decision to extend sovereignty ie Israeli civil law, over part of Judea and Samaria, land already identified as Israel in any final settlement with Palestinian Arabs. He summarized 5 Myths about the Arabs, highlighted with photos the strategic geography and security issues that are paramount in the decision and cast doubt on all the arguments of the naysayers.
Educate Yourself, Your Children, Friends, Colleagues and Opponents
Facts are important in the battle for public support and Israel’s enemies put out tons of misinformation, disinformation and lies. The antisemites are well funded, operate across the globe through many and varying organizations, institutions, brands/campaigns and spread lies.
The best defense is Truth, the best action is to speak up, refute the lies, and most importantly to stand loud and proud for Israel!
There are tools to help educate Jews and non-Jews. One important tool: Canadians for Israel’s Legal Rights operating under the auspices of CAEF, has a website with great information about Israel’s history and Jewish rights to the land. A two-part educator’s webinar was recently held and you can access Part 1 here and Part 2 here.